Feed Lot

AUG 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEED•LOT August 2018 19 milk consumption between creep fed and non-creep fed calves. It is true that creep feeding, especial- ly with a high starch creep feed, will reduce forage consumption by calves due to slower fiber di- gestibility and reduced passage rate resulting from a change in rumen microbial population. Since fine ground corn has a high starch availability, it should not be used and rolled corn should be used as an ingredient instead. High protein creeps will not reduce forage con- sumption like high starch creeps. The reduction in forage consumed by calves on creep feed is not likely high enough to have a major impact on pasture availability, especially in light of creep feed costs. A major drawback of creep feed- ing is over fattening young calves, especially heifers. Research from Illinois State University (Buskirk et al, 1996) revealed that creep feeding has a negative long-term impact on heifer productivity. In this case, unlimited creep intake resulted in 0.60 extra lb/head/day of ADG. As a consequence, milk production of creep fed heifers after calving was 20% lower than non-creep fed coun- terparts. In accordance with milk production, calf weaning weight of their offspring was lower as well. Photo by King AG Products, 660-542-0982 1-800-536-8438 "We can customize a system to meet your needs." ❖ Platform Scales (10 sizes/self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Weigh Cage (self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Scales (under squeeze chutes) ❖ Portable Calf Scales (3 designs for various weights) ❖ Hay Processor Scales

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